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Jaundice

You may notice that your baby’s skin or eyes look yellow. This condition is common in newborns. The amount of jaundice is determined by checking the baby’s blood for bilirubin. Bilirubin is produced by the normal breakdown of the red blood cells. Bilirubin is brought to the liver where it is changed into a form that can be excreted from the body. Therefore any condition which increases the red blood cell breakdown or interferes with the liver functioning can cause increased jaundice. If the bilirubin level is high, it may be necessary to place the baby under the phototherapy light. If your baby has an elevated bilirubin level, testing and treatment will be discussed in detail.

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